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Vol. XVI 

Nickles Homestead owned by Fred P. Nickles page 4 

Niokles Genealogy — " 8 

Nickles Families in Carlisle and Vicinity, 

Compiled by Martha F. Wilkins " 27 

10 Illustrations 

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North Road 
Historical Sketch 

Nickles Genealogy by Fred P. Nickles 
Nickles Families in Carlisle and Vicinity 
Thanksgiving in the Old Days by A.E. Brown (clipping) 
Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Gilman Nickles 
Stephen Nickles House 
Nickles Vital Records in Dracut, Mass. 
Old Carlisle Correspondence 
Deeds and Papers owned by Fred. P. Nickles 
Copies of Nev/s Clippings 
Kemp Families 


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About four years ago, the writer, Fred P. Hickles, received 
an inquiry from a lady in Michigan regarding her ancestor named 
Nickles who was horn in the early days of Carlisle. Search for 
the data desired aroused my interest in the genealogy of this fam- 
ily which had existed in Billerica and Carlisle for two centuries 
and the information which I have found which relates to my "branch 
of it, is contained in the following pages. 

Early in this work, I received, encouragement and assistance 
from Mrs Me rtha F. Wilkins and it is chiefly for her collection of 
articles on the old families of Carlisle that this paper is writ- 
ten. Thanks are also due to Hiss Hurray, the lady in Michigan, 
for her original recuest and later interest, and to Mrs Mary A. 
Green and ] rs Ruth Wilkins of Carlisle. 

Due to the lack of time, particularly daylight time, which 
I could give to this work, all the sources of information are not 
exausted. Unfortunately, nothing has yet been found about the his- 
tory of the family "before it appeared in Billerica in 1735. Little 
also, is known i oout the early history of the Nickles homestead on 

rth Road in Carlisle which I now own. '.Vho 'built it and when? 
The farm, at least, has come down to me in direct line from John 
Hicklesjr, my great, great grandfather, and the house may have 
sheltered his father, James, the first known ancestor. 

It is regretted that my interest in this subject came too late 
to receive the benefit of my father's lore of family history and 
that of aged relatives and neighbors whose mention of names and 
dates is remembered too dimly now to be of more tha+i partial value. 

This genealogy starts with James, in Billerica in 1735. 
There were at least two other families of that name „ in Billerica about 
that time who probably were, but gre not known to he, related. It dea 
derls only with the direct line from James to the writer with such 
digression only, as would seem to be of interest. 

This information has been secured from many sources hut the 
rly information chiefly from Hazen's History of Billerica. A simple 
form of numbering has "been used for the tables hut where Branch lines 
are traced to early settlers, Hazen's numbers have been used for 
identification and checking. 

Hazen in his History of Billerica, gives the name of John 
Hickles 1735, as the first settler in the town bearing that name 
and the date of his first known residence there. In his genealog- 
ical tables, however, he makes no mention of this John altho three 
Johns were horn shortly thereafter, to, respectively, a James, a 
George and a Rohert Hlckles. The latter appear to be of the same 
generation and about of an age and raised families, of record, 
in Billerica, between 1735 and 1766. It would be easy to speculate 
that John moved to Billeriea about 1735 with his sons, James, 
George and Rohert. The fact that they all appeared in Billerica 
at about the same time, the unusual spelling of the name, alike in 
each case, the fact that they settled in the same section of the 
town, later to he a part of Carlisle, and each named a son John, 
would make such speculation attractive. 

With the birth of his seventh child, in 1756, all records of 
George and his children disappear in Billerica and Carlisle end it is 
probable that he moved away with his family, possibly .to New Hamp- 
shire or Connecticut, where branches of the family are known to 
exist. Some years ago, a prize photo was published in a photo 
magazine signed, Fred P. Nickless, Conn. This same spelling 
( with the two s's ) is often found in Carlisle records and correctly 
expresses the pronunciation of the name as used by the writer and 
other branches of the family known to him. 

'Then and from where the family came to this country is also 
a matter for speculation. Usually, those coming here in those 
times first settled rather near the coast and later moved inland. 
On my farm in Carlisle, grows a row of beach plums such as are 
commonly found only on the sandy reaches along the coast. I spent 
a couple of days testing out this prophesy in Andover, Beverly, Salem 
and Lynn and my efforts were rewarded with the following solitary 
i t em : - 

Beverly Vital Statistics. Marriages. Nickles, George, of 
Earblehead to Elisabeth Davies, int July 15, 1716 

::■ rbleherd Vital Statistics contain no Hickles or Pickless 
altho there are plenty of ITichols and the Beverly item may or may 
not be a misspelling of that name. 

In "Who's '.Vho"in America" for 1934 appears the name of Alfred 

Samuel 7T ickless, -• , Presbyterian clergyman, born in England 

1885. Mr. i T ickless is at present( Dec 28, 1936) the minister of 
the First Presbyterian Church at Davenport, Iowa and in answer to 
a letter of inquiry said, "My brother and I came from Dawley Shrop- 
shire, England in 1908. My father and grandfather were residents 
of that County and beyond my grandfather I cannot give you any 

further information. I am almost sure no members of my family 

migrated to this country at the time you say, more than 200 years 
ago." However, it is evidence that the name is English and indicates 
a probability that the Billerica Nicklesses migrated from that 

It would be interesting to know at which place in Carlisle, 
then Billerica, James settled but definite evidence is lacking at 
this time. The Tax list and Minister's Rate in Billerica, 1755, 
shows : - 

Nickles, Geo. / 02 08 1 
" James W 03 09 
" Root W 02 11 

the capital letter "'.V" indicating that they lived on the west side 
of "lone Street or the V/oburn and Chelmsford Road." As I have said, 
all of these ITicklesses lived in the west part of the town. 
George disappeared from Billerica and Carlisle records in 1756, 
Robert disappeared from the Tax List in 1771 and James in 1776. 
The 1779 map of the proposed District of Carlisle shows James (JR) 
John Jr and Joseph, sons of James 1, living at, r secretively, the 
Poor Farm site, my place on North Road and the Heif-naldLg place (pro- 
ably() on East Street. I did think that. James settled at the North 
Road location with Robert, basing my belief on the distinctly two- 
family nature of the house which would likely have been built by 
brothers. The date of the building of the house, however, is not 


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established and may have "been built by John Jr but with whom I 
cannot guess. John Jr had one other brother, Robert, but no 
records of him since his birth in 1740 have appeared. The house 
could also have been built by Stephen and Abel who bought land 
together in 1804. A study of the Tax lists in Carlisle and Bil- 
lerica for these early years might throw light on this point. 

On the other hand, there is this bit of evidence indicating 
that James lived at the Poor Farm site. The Tax list 1776 gives: 

Fickles, James 2 9 8 2 In Carlisle 
" do for father's Place 

18 12 
» John 1 6 10 2 

" John Jr 1 15 5 
■ Joseph 2 6 10 2 

James Jr, therefore, paid the taxes on his father's place the 
year the elder James disappeared from the Tax list. The 1779 
map shows two houses at the Poor Farm site, bracketed together 
and entitled James Pickles. If James [l) lived in a house adjac- 
ent to that of a son, the latter would^Eaye been likely to acquire 
it or assume responsibility for the expenses of the estate. 

At the present writing, I am of the opinion that the sup- 
position that James ill lived at the poor Farm site has the great- 
er probability. 

Fickles (s) : 

1. James, m. Margaret - She died Jan 16, 1763, aged 54 years 
and he m. Elenor. His name disappears from Tax list of Billerica 
1776. Ee was among the Carlisle petitioners of 1757 and his 
sons, James, John Jr and Joseph were set off to that town. 

The children of 
i - Elizabeth, 
ii - Anna 
iii - James, 
"very sudden, age 67" 

iv - Robert 
v - Joseph 
vi - John (2) 
age 58 yrs (Fur), m. 
vii - Margaret 
viii - Hannah 

The children of James and Elenor;- 
ix - Forcas b. 1764, Jan 27, m. William Britan, both 
resident in Carlisle (CVS) int. April 3, 1786. 
x - Rebecca b. 1766, Jan 17 

ames and I 

"argaret, all born in Billerica are:- 

b. 1735, 

Octcber 20 

b. 1737, 

July 25 

b. 1739, 

June 19, d. Carlisle, 1804, Apr 26, 

(Fur), m 

. Concord, 1766 Oct 30, Sarah 

b. 1740, 

Fee 17 

b. 1742, 

Oct 23, d. 1825 Jan 12, 83 yr (Fur) 

b. 1745, 

April 6, d. Carlisle 1803 Fov 21, 


1770 Fov 15 Esther Hill. 

b. 1747, 

April 17 

b. 1752, 

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2. John( Jr) - He was, undoubtedly, son of James(i) and Margar- 
et. He is repeatedly mentioned as John Jr and altho George and 
Robert had a son John, he is younger than Robert's John and George 
and his family appeared early to have moved away. He was on 
Billerica Tax List 1776 and his lands formed a part of the "bounds 
established for the District of Carlisle by action of the Biller- 
ica town meeting, March 1, 1779. Altho his land was within the 
district, Eazen does not include his name and that of John ITickles 
and others among those set off. James ITickles and Joseph ITickles, 
however, are mentioned. This land is a part of my farm on 
Horth Road in Carlisle and still forms some 2400 feet of the east- 
ern boundary with Billerica. 

I have a deed dated Hovember 28, 1789, by which Asa Spaul- 
ding of Billerica and John ITickles Junur of Carlisle sell, for 
"Six Pounds Lawful Money", " a certain Tract or Parcel of wood 
land Lying in Carlisle being a part o§ the estcte of the widdow 

Hills and John miller formerly beginning at a corner of John 

sickles Oarchard south side of County road", to John Angier. 
Another deed dp ted February 18, 1793, shows John ITickles Jr buy- 
ing it back for "Twenty Five Pounds Lawful Money". This is 
undoubtedly the piece called by my father, the "Enger" piece. 
It lies on the south side of Horth Road from the top of the hill 
by my house to the wood road in front of the Steve Hickles house. 
A grove of walnut trees still exist where "two walnut trees" are 
said to mark a corner and the cart path mentioned is the wood road. 
A forest fire water hole has just been dug (1957) on this land 
at the foot of the hill. 

Another deed, February 17, 1803, shows John ITickles selling 
to Abel ITickles ( who would be his son if this is John ITickles Jr) 
two and one half acres of land for (,'109.00. Ma b** *0« «?*• ' '■ fr ^3 

/ P er P ' p a-t 

Hazen says that some Billerica men joinedya company from 
Bedford in the fight at Concord, that John Wyman of Eedford was 
killed and adds, "Ho other man from this town (Billerica) was 
k lied but John ITickles and Timothy Blanchard were_wounded" It 
is not clear if this is John Jr or Robert's John. -- flovif irm««) 

He married, in Charles town Hovember 15, 1770, Esther Hill, 
daughter of John (14) Hill. She was b. dec 1, 1743, d. Apr 14,1819. 

John(l4) Kill was son of Joseph(8), b. April 18, 1776' and 
m. Abigail (Shed) Hill (She was not the widow of his cousin, Nath- 
aniel). John d. , and Abigail d. December 29 , 
1782. Joseph(8) was s. of Br. thaniel (3 ) , b. March 18, 1672-3 
and m. Susanna Baldwin, dau. of John(l) Baldwin, who was probably 
8 brother of Henry of Wbburn who is said to have been from Devon- 

John(l) Baldwin rn. Mary, dau. of Thomas Richardson of SSToburn, 
and sister of Thomas(l) Richardson of Billerica, May 15, 1655. 
Thomas Richardson was accepted as an inhabitant of Billerica in 
August 1667, and received title of the church farm there in 1669. 


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Iathaniei(3) Hill was son of Rrlph(l) Hill, To. probably 
at Plymouth; m. June 21, 1667, Elizabeth Holmes, probable dau- 
ghter of Robert of Cambridge who d. October 9, 1685. Ralph(l) 
Hill "was early at Tlymouth, probably from Billericay, England, 
freeman in 7/oburn, 1647, Selectman 1649; Settled in Shawshin 
(Billerica) "as early as any". 

Abigail Shed, wife of John (14) Hill, was dau. of Nathan(6) 
Shed, first treasurer of the Town of Tewksbury, and Mary French. 
Daniel Shed(l), father of Kathan(6), was from Braintree and in 
Billerica in 1659. 

Mary French, w. of Fathan(6) Shed, was dau. of John (2) French 
and Kary Rogers who was dau. of John(l) Rogers from Watertown, 
in Billerica 1656, a baker. John (2) French was s. of William 
French of Cambridge, one of the first settlers in Billerica. 
He came from England in 1635 with Harlakenden and Sheppard; 
bought part of the Dudley Farm in Shawshin, and was first repres- 
entative from Billerica in 1663-4; was Lieutenant and leading 

Thus Esther Hill introduces into the line the names of six 
of the first families in Billerica, Hill 1653, French 1653, 
Rogers 1656, Baldwin 1657, Shed 1659, and Richardson 1667. 

Children of John Jr and Esther Hill are:- 
i - John b. 1771 Aug 30 d. .„ 

m. Mari? Heald? See Westford Records ; .tr Aug a.», t n^- 

ii - Stephen (3) b. 1773, Aug.l; d. Carlisle, Dec. 19, 1843, a. 70 

iii - Abel (it.) b. Apr. 8, 1779; d. June 5, 1848, a. 70; "farmer" 

iv - Abigail b. Aug. 2, 1784$ m. Ebenezer Easte of Billerica 
int. Apr.l, 1804 who died 1830, Apr. 14 

v - Asa b. 1786, July 12, d. April 1813 ( ?) 

vi - Mary b. 1788, July 17, prob. m. Elisha Brown of 
Billerica, int Dec 16, 1809, had child named Asa 
Tickles b. Jan 20, 1811. 

vii - Sarah b. 1791, April 19, m. Simeon Jefts of Boston, 
Feb 19, 1811 

3 Stephen - was son of John Jr and Esther Hill and lived, so 
far as is known, all his life on the ITickles farm on North Road 
and d. December 19, 1843 age 70 yrs . He m. Feb 9, 1805, 
Elenor Parker who d. Nov 19, 1822 and he m. ] , 1825, 
Lucy (Parker) Shed, widow of Ebenezer Shed J* of Chelmsford. 
Lucy Parker, b. Carlisle Feb 8, 1781, d. Carlisle " Oct 12, 1873, 
(m-n-Parker)Shed) , aged 92-8-3" (Dur), was dau. of William and 

Lucy (Spaulding) Parker. 


Elenor Parker, b. 1777, "bap Billerica Hay 10, 1778, was 
dau of Nathaniel (16) and Eleanor Ro"bbins of Chelmsford who ra. 

y 9, 1771. Nathaniel was in that section of Billerica which 
was set off tc Carlisle in 1779 altho his name is for some reas- 
on omitted from the list and he is on the 1779 map of the Dis- 
trict of Carlisle. 

Nathaniel (16) Parker was s. of Benjamin(ll) , b. march 23, 
1746, m. may 9, 1771 Eleanor Robbins of Chelmsford. He d. 
Carlisle, Oct- 17, 1809. and she d. 

Benjamin(ll) Parker was s. of Benjamin(8), b. Sept 17, 1720, 
m. June 1742, Mary Corey, prob. dau. of Jacob. 

Benjamin(8) was s. of Benjamin(6), b. Oct 26, 1689, m. 
Oct 22, 1711 Lydia Chamberlain, dau. of John(2) 

Benjamin (6) was s. of Benjamin(5), b. June 29, 1662, 
m. Oct 11, 1684 Mary Trull, dau of John(l). He d. Dec 23, 
173? and she d. Sept 15, 1694. 

Benjamin(5) was s. of Robert (4) of Cambridge, b. June 1636,, 
m. April 18, 1661 Sarah Hartwell, dau. of William of Concord. 
Benjamin d. Jan 17, 1671-2 and she d. July 8, 1674. Benjamin 
was in Billerica in 1660 and possessed " besides township and 
farm lots, a grant, south of Bare Hill, where his house stood, 
west of the old V/oburn Road as it ran over the top of the hill". 

Robert(4) was of Cambridge and never lived in Billerica 
but was one of the subpurchasers of the Dudley Parm and also had 
a grant, afterwards exchanged, on the township. 

Nathaniel (16) Parker served in the Revolutionary War, in 
what capacity is unknown to me; his brother, Levi, who also 
lived in Carlisle, in 1779 in the march on Claverick , and his 
brother, William, in 1777 against Burgoyne at Bennington and 
Saratoga . 

The Nathaniel Parker place, later long lived on by Major 
Jonas Parker, Elenor' s brother, is that now owned by Mr. Milne, 
at the corner of East and Maple Streets. The present house 
was built by Mr. Milne but the cellar hole still remains in a 
slightly different location and quite near the road. 

Stephen bought land in 1804 with his brother, Abel, " mead- 
ow and uplrnd", and again in 1825, Job Hill of Billerica to 
Stephen Nickles of Carlisle, "twenty acres in the northerly part 
of Carlisle". These old fellows clung to their home acres but 
bought and sold land rather freelyin the outlying sections, par- 
ticularly woodland. Woodland seemed to have proportionately 
more valuable in those days. John received |109 for 2% acres 
of woodland while Stephen and Abel paid only '125 for 8-| acres 
of meado 1 - and upland. The first Pickles deed recordedjis dated 
1843 altho I have- one from Joseph Parker to Asa Duren recdrded^l818 




I have "before me a copy of Stephen's Irst will and testament, 
dated April 15, 1840, in which he gives to " my "beloved wife Lucy 
Uickles my best cow called the starred cow, also my best bed and 
bedding" and a life interest in one half of his real estate. The 
balance of the estate he divides among his children by giving two 
elevenths part to his sons and one eleventh part to his daughters. 
Asa he makes executor.::] There is also an inventory of Stephen's 
estate by which we learn that he possessed "about 100 acres of 
land " consisting of mowing, tillage, pasture and wood land with 
the buildings on the same". Other interesting items are 4 Cos- 
set sheep, ox wagon, one yoke of oxen, 4 bushels of rye, 12 bush- 
els of Corn, 1 quarter of fresh beef, 100 lbs of Salt Pork, 2bbls 
Cyder, 16 lbs Wool, 12 lbs Wool in Rolls. George Billings, Jonas 
Parker and Daniel Conrey were the appraisers. 

Stephen and Lucy had no cnildren. The eight children of 
Stephen and Elenor, from a paper found in the family bible, are:- 

i - Clarissa b. 1805, Aug 25; d. Nov 5, 1827, age 22 yr. 

ii - Stephen Jr. b. 1807, Liar 20; d. July 25, 1858, age 51 yr. 
"Humpbacked" (Dur) . Unmarried. 

iii - Sophronia b. 1809, Hay 20; d. previous to April 15, 

1840 ace. to Stephen's will; m. Simeon (Simon) Harris 

of Dracut Oct 22, 1829 in Carlisle. Ch. Simeon 

Otis and Mary Allen. Otis lived in Arcadia, Florida. 

ry m. Gancelo Leighton, lived in Lowell then for 
many years in Providence, R.I. Had ch. Harry and 
Zoe. Latter still lives in Providence. 

iv - Adaline b. 1811, Dec 30; d. Dec 20, 1841, a. 30 yrs; 
m. Oct 22, 1829, Capt Asa Spaulding of Billerica; 
no issue. 

v - Susan b. 1814, Jan 2j d. June 19, 1880 at Port- 

land, Me., a. 67 yrs; m. June 5, 1845 in Carlisle, 
(first wife, Betsy) Timothy Meek, age 51yrs, carpen- 
ter. He d. Bedford, May 26, 1893. 

vi - Dana b. 1815, Dec 30; Stephen calls this con, 

John Dana. He was living :*ov 15, 1844 at which time 
he gave Asa a Quitclaim Deed for his interest in 
Stephens estate. 

vii - Asa(4) b. 1818, Sept 1; d. 1884, Aug 15, age 66yrs. 

in. Jan 14, 1845, Olive Spaulding of Billerica. Wwin to 

viii - Otis b 1818, Sept 1; m. Dec 21, 1845, "27, farmer, 
of Carlisle, Lovina Duren, 19, dau. of William and 

Rebecca L. of Carlisle. She d. Worcester, ll?y 7, 1889; 
he d. July 16, 1864, Barracks Hospital, Hew Orleans, 
La. while a Union soldier in the Civil War. 



4 Asa - was son of Stephen and Elenor and, like his father and 
grandfather, was a. farmer and lived on the Hickles farm in Carlisle. 
He was a Selectman in Carlisle, 1876-1883, and was interested in 
Billerica affairs also, attending the Baptist Church there at the 
center. He would have been forty three in 1861 hut did not go to 
war. His twin brother, Otis, however, died in the Union service. 

Asa added to and consolidated the Hickles farm. He bought of 
Caleb S. Brown of Billerica, in 1842, the "Buffalo Lot", 48 acres 
more or less, which is that section, west of the house, which is 
bounder- by Forth Road, Rangeway Road and the Huttall and Sullivan 
land at the Billerica line. In 1844 - 1849, after his father's 
death, he bought out the interests of his brothers and sisters in 
the former's estate, and, for some reason, again in 1873-74. 

His most important transaction, however, was his purchase 
from Elbridge G. Efiekles in 1870 of the west half of the house and 
the land that went with it, thus bringing the farm as I knew it 
under one ownership. This land was in two lots. The first was 
that block of twelve acres lying between Asa's farm and the "Buf- 
falo :l and included the half house and a barn. The second was across 
the road from the house , acreage not given, was mostly woodland 
and probably contained the Hill pasture but not fltfie carriage house 
or the lot on which it stood. 

Elbridge G. Tickles probably secured this property from his 
father, Moses, who lived there according to Lire. George H. Eeald 
of Carlisle. Mrs Keald (Susan Anna) was the daughter of Elbridge 
G. and was born there. How Moses secured it and when is yet to 
be discovered. Loses was s. of William, the only known record of 
whom is the Billeric- record of his marriage to Susanna Brown in 
1791. Some old Carlisle correspondence in 1809 speaks of i Wil- 
liam as s. of Joseph. A Joseph was s. of James (1) and brother of 
John Jr and was set off to Carlisle in 1779 and the 1779 map loc- 
ates him on East Street. Neither tuywn action nor map places any 
other family except John Jr's on this property in 1779, and the 
description of bounds in the Billerica. action shows John Jr owning 
the land which was the home lot of Elbridge' s farm. Assuming this 
to be true, sometime subseouent to 1779, a part of John Jr's farm 
was sold to another. Was timet' lily house built at this time? 
John Jr died i.n 1803 . Stephen, his son, was married in 1805 and 
Abel, another son in 1804 but William was married in 1791. Did 
Abel and 1 Stephen: divide' their father's farm and the two of them 
build the house? Abel was sometimes called "Ens 1 .' and " Lt." and 
in deeds, Abel Hickles, Gentleman) wasj according to his death 
record, a "farmer". He bought lanfl with Stephen and a pew in the 
meeting house and such scraps of information as are available give 
the impression that he was well-to-do. William, on the other hand, 
if he is the William of the Carlisle correspondence, was in fin- 
ancial difficulties in 1809. 7/henever the farm may have been 
divided or by whom, it was united again by Asa in 1870 , and, nine 
years later, divided again when Asa sold the Elbridge G, Hickles 
property to Asa Parker, his son. 


If; Ass m. Jan 14, 1845, Olive Spaulding of Billerica, data, of 
"Deacon Ed" (ward) Spsulding and Olive Spaulding, his cousin. The 
old "Deacon Ed' 1 Spaulding place is that now occupied for some years 
by John Lane and is at the top of the hill on the Nashua road he- .. . 
yond Cowdrey's Corner in West Billerica. Olive eL.Ja-u i<f, \<&ft, marred in Carlisle. 

The Spauldings were early in Chelmsford and Billerica and Olive 
traces to them thru Edward(lO), Thomas(5), Asa(3), Benoni(l) and 
Andrew to Edward who was one of the original settlers of Chelmsford 
in 1654 and, "until his death, .'1670, Eeb 26, a leading citizen". 

Edward's son, Andrew, b. Hov 19, 1652 and d. May 5, 1713, 
m. Hannah Jefts, dau. of Henry (1), who was the third child and the 
first girl horn in Billerica. Her sister, Johanna with two of her 
children were killed by Indians in 1692. Henry(l) Jefts was from 
Woburn, one of the Dudley Farm purchasers and first settlers of 
Billerica. "His home was near Indian Hill north of Hutting's 
Pond, but after his marriage to Mrs Bird, he lived west of long St. 
near the corner". This should be on or near what id now River St. 
It is not clear to me if Hannah's mother was Ann Stowers or Hannah 
Births. Henry died Kay 24, 1700, age about 94; his dau. Hannah 
was b. Eeb 4, 1654-5 and d. Jan 21, 1730. 

The Spauldings were active in the fighting against the Indians 
and in the Revolutionary War. Edward Spaulding of Chelmsford with 
Billeriea served against the Indians in the raid at Dunstable, July 
4, 1706; in Grotom, Dunstable and Dracut, August 11-13; Also 
Eenery at the latter occasion. They were probably sons of Andrew. 
Edward Spaulding , son of Benoni, was "in service toward Crown Point 
and lake Champlain, 1758-9, the same actions in which Lieut. Simon 
Godfrey of Billerics was killed in a skirmish near Port William, 
July 20, 1758, a few days after the death of Lord Howe." 

In the list of soldiers from Billerica in the Revolutionary 
War are Asa , Benoni and Joseph Spaulding. Asp, ray great, great, 
great grandfather, served in 1775, including Minute Ken at Lex- 
ington and Concord, and the army at Cambridge; also in 1776 at 
Bunker Kill and the seige of Boston. Dr. A. Warren Stearns is 
authority for the information that Asa, returning from Concord 
after the battle in 1775, chanced on a British Red-coat skulking 
behind a stone wall, took him prisoner and brought him home. The 
prisoner became the hired man and completed his life in the ser- 
vice of his captor. Asa probably lived at this time on the Sul- 
livan or Larsen place on Nashus Road, Billerica, The Billerica 
action in 1779 places him as owner of the land altho the 1779 map 
shows Asa Spaulding at the Gilraan site on North Road in Carlisle. 

C a in Thomas Spaulding was also at the Concord fight, accord- 
to Kiss Mary Briody. He lived at the larsen place and left from 
the field. I'iss Briody has lived for many years with the Simonds 
family whose place is across the street on Nashua Road. This place 
is said to be the site of the home of the original Spaulding in 
Billerica, and a part of the Jefts grant. It will be remembered 
that Andrew Spaulding married Hannah Jefts, daughter of Henry (l<$. 


Thomas Simonds married Martha Spaulding, dau. of "Deacon Sd" and 
sister of Olive. The place is now occupied by Howard G. Simonds, 
with whom Kiss Briody lives. 

In a List of Sittings in the Meeting House (Billerica) about 
1736, reported by Hazen, occurs the following;- 

2nd seat below Mr. Benoney Spaulding 

the seventh of ten lisled in the seat. Only those in the two 
front seats had the tit\le, "Mr", so Benoney was one of twenty who 
had that title. This was the First Church, then the only church 
in Billerica, now Unitarian. Church records show the attendence 
of both Spauldings and Hickleses at this church. Just what creed 

or faith it represented seems not to be known but there were adher- 
ents of the Baptist and other faiths in the town in the early days. 
A religeous upheaval took place in Billerica as well as in nearly 
every other town in the early part of the 19th century resulting in 
two distinct movements, the brerking off of divergent religeous 
beliefs from the first church and the separation of the church from 
the town. The last time the minister was paid by the town in 
Billerica was in 1834 but shortly before that, in 1828, the Baptists 
formed a church of their own, the first to break away. The first 
deacons were Joseph Bows and Amos Spaulding and one of their suc- 
cessors was " Beaco n Bd " Spaulding , father of Olive. The Spauld- 
ings, therefore, were connected with the Baptist Church in Biller- 
ica from its beginning. 

Altho we find Asa attending the Baptist Church in Billerica, the 
early Hickleses seem to have shifted their allegience from the First 
Church there to Carlisle at about the time of the second incorpora- 
tion of that district in 1780. Their homes being' in that part of 
Billerica which was set of! to Carlisle, this would not have been un- 
natural. The latest Hickles church record of Jrmes's line in the 
Billerica Vital Records is the baptism of John Jr. in 1774, yet "James 
hicless" (1) was among those inhabitants of the district to whom 
"imothy "Jilkins derded land for church purposes in 1758. I hrve no 
evidence that he attended the First Church built there in 1760, nor 
is the name of John Jr. or any other Hickles in the list of members 
of the First Religeous Society at its organization in 1781. 

The original church in Carlisle burned in 1810 and a new one was 
completed in November 1811. On the 12th and 19th of November, 1810, 
pews in the new church were sold at auction to hejp defray the ex- 
pense of building. In my pos&essicn is s deed to lew Ho 6 in the 
gallery given by the committee to Stephen and Abel Hickles for ^24.75. 
Because of its interest I am transcribing it it full. 


KNOW ALI MEN 3Y THESE PRESENTS, TEAT We, Asa Parlin, Katha.n Green 
jun. and Thomas Heald, all of Carlisle, in the county of Middle- 
sex and commonwealth of Massachusetts, a committee duly chosen 
by the town of Carlisle to contract with some person or persond 
to "build a meetinghouse in said town and to sell the pews in said 
house, the proceeds of the sale to be appropriated towards pay- 
ing the expense of building said house, did on the nineteenth 
day of November A.D. 1810 sell to Stephen Nickles yeoman & Abel 
Tickles Gentleman Tew No 6 in the galery in said house for the 
sum of twenty four dollars and seventy five cents 
Therefore we, the said Asa Parlin, Nathan Green jun. and Thomas 
Heald, by virtue of the power and authority in us vested by (Jaid 
town, and in consideration of the sum aforesaid, paid to us in 
our capacity as committee, for the use aforesaid, by the said 
Stephen and Abel the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge, 
do hereby sell and convey unto the said Stephen & Abel their heirs 
and assigns forever, to them and their use, so that neither the 
inhabitants of Carlisle or any other person or persons shall 
molest them the said Stephen & Abel their heirs or assigns in the 
quiet use and enjoyment of the same, according to the true in- 
tent and meaning of these presents, or. anywise claim the same. I 
In witness thereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, 
in the capacity aforesaid, this sixth day of January in the year 
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve 

In presence of (signed) 


John Jacobs 
Pradrick Blood 

Asa Parlin seals 

Nathan Green J 
Thomas Heald 

The deed is good tho not positive evidence that Stephen and Abel 
attendee this church. They ma£, of course, have been in that pre- 
dicament of the Baptists in Carlisle in those days which Bull speaks 
of, in which they were required to pay a. tax "for the purpose of help- 
ing to build a meetinghouse in which they would seldom if ever worship, 
and which tax, added to the sum they were in the habit of paying at 
their usual place of v/orship, would prove burdensome indeed" and the 
final settlement whereby "in consideration of the meetinghouse being 
used for civil purposes also, they proposed to pay one half of the sum 
the;/ were assessed for in the meetinghouse tax." It seems reason- 
able to suppose, however, that while Stephen and Abel may have been 
willing to pay a meetinghouse tax in Carlisle, they would not have 
expended' so large an amount for a pew unless they intended to v/orship 

Yet, curiously enough, in Asa's first accounting as executor of 
Stephen's estate, among sums paid wa e one to "Dea Spaulding, sub- 
scription to Parish Expenses, (3.00." "Deacon Spaulding was deacon 
in the Baptist Church in Billerica. lerhaps, Stephen had a leaning 
toward the Baptist faith or transferred tc that church in -later life. 


Asp, as I have said, attended the Baptist Church in Billerica, a fact 
with which Olive Spaulding, his wife, of s staunch Baptist family, 
might well have had something to do. Incidentally, I myself, began 
my religious education there, going to church each Sunday in the 
Goddard buggy with my grandmother, Olive, and my Aunt Nell, until I 
was about ten years of age. My mother had more liberal beliefs and 
after my grandmother's death, I went with her to the Unitarian Church 
in Carlisle. 

Asa died in 1884, five years before I was born, and Olive died 
Jan 14, 1899 and was interred with Asa in the Green Cemetery in 
Carlisle. My grandmother, Olive, was my pal and playmate. The 
family bible is that of Asa and Olive and contains thier wedding 
certificate signed by Benjamin Knight and witnessed by Edward 
Spaulding and Susan Nickles. It contains the family records of 
marriages, births and deaths and has been filled out by later gen- 
erations to include the great grandchildren. In the back are photos 
of Asa and Olive, the children and some of the grandchildren. I 
have many pictures of OlivCj and Asa also appears in a picture of 
the house taken about 1881, together with my mother, Mary Ellen with 
my sister, Susan, in her arms and my Aunt Olive Eleanor Nickles with 
my sister, Grace, by her side. This picture is now in the Glea.son 
Public library in Carlisle. 

The children of Asa and Olive Spaulding, all born in Carlisle, are:- 

i - Olive Eleanor b. 1845, Nov 5; d. July 16, 1915 at Carlisle 
and buried in Green Cemetery. Never married. 

ii - Clarissa b. 1848, Jan 3; d. Dec 11, 1898 at Lexington 
and buried in Green Cemetery; M, Jan 1, 1872, George M. 
Litchfield who was originally of Carlisle. No issue. 

iii - Asa P?rker(5) b. 1850, Jan 20} d. Feb 22, 1919 at Carlisle 
and buried in Green Cemetery; m. June 15, 1876, Mary Ellen 
Byam of So. Chelmsford. 

iv - Fred Dang b. 1858, Oct 24; d. April 6, 1880 in Carlisle 
at 22 years and buried in. Green Cemetery in the lot with 
Asa and Olive. Unmarried. 

Olive Eleanor, usually called Nell, Nellie or sometimes Ellen, 
was a spinster and lived with her mother, Olive, at the Nickles home- 
stead on North Road, Olive living in the east part of the house next 
the barn and Asa Parker, my father in the west. After the death of 
Clarissa and Olive in the winter of 1898-9, she kept house for Clar- 
issa's widower, George Litchfield until the. death of my mother in 19®5 
when she kept house for my father, Asa Parker till her death in 1913. 
Aunt Nell was a true ''old maid" living in the service of her family 
and friends. To her kindly and affectionate disposition I can v/ell 
- ' : t e s t . 

Clarissa, always known as Clara and to me Aunt Cal, was a teacher 
in Bedford, Westford, Billerica and Carlisle. On her marriage to 
George Litchfield, she lived first in Arlington where he was in the 
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the Catholie Church, where he raised poultry and did some vegetable 
gardening. After Clara's death, he married Laura ..heeler of Concord 
who is now living at the same residence. 

George M. litchfield was a member of the Carlisle Litchfields 
and died May 8, 1913. He was a veteran of the Civil War, mustered 
July 2, 1861, Co. B, 15th Reg't and' discharged July 27, 1864, and wi 
under Handcock at Gettysherg and in other important battles. My 
chief remembrance of Aunt Cal and Uncle George is of their driving 
up to Carlisle on Sundays at which times they invariably brought me 
the "funnies" from the Boston papers. In later years when I was at 
college, George litchfield bet me $50.00 that I could not abstain from 
smoking for a year. The bet was won and the money paid, a novel way 
cf helping a "poor guy" thru college.' 

Fred Dans Tickles died in his 22nd year before he had made a. start 
in life. He is reported to have been s brilliant student and planned 
to take up" the ministry. Some of his books as v/el] a.s those of Aunt 
Cal are in session, many with Howe High School (35.-11 erica-.) after 

the name in the fly leaf. ' 

£ Asr arker , my father, m. June 15, 1876, Mary Ellen Byam of 
So. Chelmsford who was b. July 25, 185:" a t° So. Chelmsford and d. ilarch 
25, 1905 in Carlisle at the age of 49 yr, 8 mo. 71e was a farmer and 
lived ell but two years of his life at the Tickler homestead. One 
year, about 1893, he was superintendent of the Poor Farm in Carlisle 
and the following year* 1894, he liv.ed in lowell but operated to some 
tent the old farm in Carlisle. One year in the city seems to have 
been sufficient for they moved back to the farm in 1895 where they 
lived until their deaths. Previous to his marriage, he operated 
retail milk route in Lowell and has. told of taking my mother to 
dances in 3o. Chelmsford, returning at one in the morning and immed- 
iately hitching his horse to the milk wagon for his trip to Lowell. 

On his return to the farm, he remodeled that side of the house 
in which he lived, tearing down the small carriage house and' ell 
and adding a large kitchen, a bedroom and a woodshed at the rear. 
The old kitchen was converted into a dining room. All the six-light 
lower sash were r-moved and replaced with single-light sash. A 
cistern was dug and drainage from the sink piped to it. , I remember 
these alterations quite well and should have t>< bout six years old. 
The date is established by a newspaper item dated July 17, 1896 telling 
of the house warming. I also remember discovering, during the ex- 
cavation, one of tbose huge horse pistols, very badly corroded but 
unmistakeable. It has disappeared in the years since that time. 

Ase Vi rker, more commonly known as: Parker, purchased the Elbridge 
G. Pickles part of the farm from Asa in 1879. .hen he resumed farm- 
ing in 1895, he had, besides hie own land, all that of Ase, whose estate 
remained undivided until the death of Olive in 1899'.'* Together, 
in addition to the house and two barns, it included all that between 
Forth Road and the Billerica line and between Rangeway Road and the 
Dyer Pasture below McAllister ' s on the west and east except the small 
McAllister field in front of their house and the one acre Stephen 
3 ickles house lot. On the south of the road, it included most of 
the la.nd, chiefly wood land, lying between Rangeway Road on the west 





and McAllisters on the east and south to a line at property of 
several abbuttors. The two or three small lots in this section 
which he did not own he later required making his line on the south 
a straight one from s point shortly down the Rangeway woodroad to 
a point near the northwest corner of the Major Parker place hack 
of McAllisters, a distance of 2820 feet, over one half mile. The 
abuttors on the south were, "beginning at Rangeway, George 3. SimondB 
(Mary Anne "Duren lot, conveyed "by George Bacon to Henry Duren 1872), 
Oscar Spaulding, Berry (two Berry lots), Oscar Spaulding, Tucker 
(hack of Hill Pasture) and George E. Simonds(john Stearns lot, acquired 
in 1898) back of the Hemlock Hill lot. One of the lots he acquired 
was a three acre lot owned "by Howard Miller, then on the McAllister 
place, which he exchanged for five acres on the east end of the Hemlock 
Hill lot hack of the latter pl^ce. Parker sold lumber in this sect- 
ion to Warren Berry and it; is to his shrewdness and f oresightedness 
that he spotted seed pines here and there to he left uncut. As 
a consequence, a young pine growth is developeing f^st in the cut-over 
sections instead of the less valuable hardwoods. He acquired from 
Berry the two Berry lots, so called, each five rods wide and forty 
rods long, which lie side by side between lots of Oscar Spaulding, 
and which jut out from Parker's main property. The total land 
in the farm at his death was about 193 acres. 

ry Ellen Byam, my mother, was the dau. of George Otis Byam 
of South Chelmsford and Mary Ann Capen of Shirley, Mass. He d. 
in Chelmsford, Oct 10, 1910 and she d. in Lowell, Aug 29, 1918. 
"George Ote" ~ direct d<~scendent of George Byam, first settler 
in Chelmsford. He was \ member of the first church in Salem in 
1640 ana g freeman -there Hay 18, 164 . He later lived, in Wenham 
and was transferred from the church there to Chelmsford in 165! . 

r 28, 1680. Abraham, one of the two known children, bp in 
Pirst Church in Salem, Apr 14, 1644, went with his father to Chelms- 
ford, man there June 18, 1672, Experience Adverd. She - 

at Scituate, Ma.s . Apr 18, 1652, dau. of Henry Adverd. She d. 
Chelmsford July 5, 168/ and he m. Jan 22, 1690, Sarah Ong, widow, 
d. J^n 8, 1717-18 and he d. "Dec 19, 173 . Isaac, one of the 
six known children of Abraham and Sarah Ong, was b. Jan 4, 1691 in 
Chelmsford. to m. ] ary Cc drey Apr 4, 1725. 

She d. . , y 4, 1760 and he buried J; n 2'< , 1778 at Chelmsford. 
John was third of three children of Isaac and Mary Cowdrey, b. Peb 7, 
1730-31 and d. Chelmsford of old age, July 3, 1813, ae 73-4-27. 
Pie m. Sept 12, 1758, Sarah Blanchard. They had thirteen children 
of whom Soloman was the ninth, b. May 17, 1770.; m. Abi Adams at West- 
ford, Mar 13, 1791. d. Chelmsford, Jan 16, 1834. Soloman; 

ibi Adams had thirteen children all born in Chelmsford of khom 

s fifth. Otes b. Feb 27, 1799, m. Lavins Honner, had four 
children of Seorge Otis, sr id to have been born in Boston, was 
the eldest, .George Otis, b. \pr -:, 1829; d. Chelmsford, Oct 10, 




My mother was one of the ten children of George Otis Byam and 
Mary Ann Open. They are;- 

i - Amos Hickerson "b. 1854, Feb 2; d. 

m. Elizabeth Hoar ; ch Wallaee and Elsie 

ii - Mary Ellen b. 1855, July 25: d. Mar 25, 1905; 
m. Asa Parker Hickles of Carlisle June 15, 1876 

iii - George Capen "b. 1856, Hot 6; d. 

m. Jennie Garland of So. Chelmsford 

ch. Garland and El izabeth- twins, Mabel, Maud 

iv - Emma Esther b. 1858, July 26; d. at Orange, Mass, 
m. Clarence Brown of Littleton and lived for manybyears 
in Orange, Mass. Ch. Beth, Amy and Gladys 

t - Ralph Waldo "b. 1859, Dec 29; m. Harriet Woodward of 

'.Vest Charlestown, Vt. lived for many years in Lowell, 
a moulder. Both" 1 iinw: living" with only child, Raymond, 
in East Braintree. Raymond's wife, Edith Jenkins of 
I owe 11 

vi - Otis "b. 1862, April 26; m. Flora Goodnow of 

Bellows Palls, Yt. They have lived for many years in 
Lowell. He was milk dealer. Only child, Doris, 
who m. Oct 20, 1920, Crville Clowater of No. Walpole, 
3 .H. They live Putnam, Conn. 

vii - James Stratton "b. 1864, Apr 26; d. in Chelm. 

m. Louise Reed of Chelmsford. Ho children 

viii - Grace Burnett "b. , d. very young 

ix - Herbert Winthrop "b. 1872, Dec 19; m. Leila Saunders of 
Lowell. They lived in Manchester, H.H. and Lowell and 
for many years in Ware, Mass.j ch. Karl, Hazel, Fred, 
Gladys. Gladys d. young. Hazel, Fred unmarried. Karl 
in France, World War; lives Springfield, m. Ruth 

x - Minnie Thrasher b. d. young 

George Otis Byam and Mary Ann Capen lived the later part of their 
lives near the Public Library in Chelmsford Center. I remember 
many family reunions and other visits at this home.- This grand- 
father of mine was musical, played a bass viol and was said to have 
lead an orchestra. He was noted among his acquaintances for his 
strong tho libera lj religious convictions. 

Following a case of measles when young, my mother, Mary Ellen, 
suffered from asthma the balance of her life. It was the undermining 
of her constitution by this disease which caused or hastened her 



death in 1905, when I wa» 16 years eld. 

In the winter of 1898-99, my mother with her friend and relat- 
ive bymarriage, Emma Byam, went to Florida seeking health, going by 
"boat and staying in Arcadia at the home of Ctis Harris, son of Soph- 
ronia, daughter of Stephen.. This was the terrible winter when the 
Portland went down in Cape Cod and Few England was buried in snow. 
They encountered a very severe storm and my mother was so frightened 
by her experience that she refused to come home until my father 
came down to return with her. Only a few days after her departure, 
Dec 11, 1896, Aunt Cal died quite suddenly. A month after this 
blow, my grandmother, Clive, who was staying with my father in my 
mother's absence, was taken sick with pneumonia and died three days 
later, Jan 14, 1899. ISy mother, far from gaining health, contracted 
malaria, and came very near to death. When my father went down, he 
also met one of these battering storms that winter seemed to be cursed 
with. Tho the later part of their stay in Florida seemed to ahve b 
been happy, "the winter was a disastrous one for the family. 

Asa Parker served as an Assessor in Carlisle and was a member 
of the Odd Fellows for many years. After his death, I bought the 
farm but James and Esther Wilkins, children of my sister Grace whose 
death preceded his, took as a portion of their share of his estate 
some 75 acres of woodland being most of that section of the farm 
lying south of North Road. This, James Wilkins is developing by 
judicious planting and modern forestry methods into a very promising 

Undoubtedly, this paper should stop at this point. It is already 
changing from a genealogy to a narration of the writer's personal 
memoirs and I am doubtful of my ability to sort out the facts with- 
out tingeing them with my personal feelings or diluteing them with 
details extraneous to a genealogy. In deference to my wife, however, 
who feels that sometime our children or grandchildren may find an 
interest in forefathers and lock to this for information otherwise 
difficult to secure, I am continuing the genealogical data but with 
the smallest amount of detail. 

The children of Asa Earker and Mary Ellen are:- 

i - Grace Adeline b. 1877, Aug 20; d. Oct 13, 1916; 

m. April 15, 1903 in Carlisle, James Harry Wilking of 
Carlisle. Ch. James Parker, b. Feb 21, 1906; Warren 
Byam,b. Aug 7, 1907, d. June 15, 1914, age 7 yr; and 
Esther Ellen, b. Aug 25, 1911, m. Aug 18,1936, at Carlisle 
Philip Dutcher Anderson of Boston. James Harry Wilkins 
m.2nd, Ruth ferte Chamberlain of Carlisle. 

ii - Susan Mary b. 1879, Aug 13; m. June 6, 1900 at Carlisle, 
Ernest Henry lee of Carlisle. Ch. Dorothy Winifred, b. 
Oct 13,1902 and Arthur Raymond b. Feb 21, 1907. 
Dorothy Winifred m. Feb 21, 192*V in Clinton, Ms as. , Philip 
Eastings White of Clinton: ch. Betty Lee £• Arthur 
Raymond m. EsYHct Wave. Louje-r, <Ju.-r»©3.,hA- < S\^ C\eir<e\a.-ndt,(0. 




a 7) 

Ch. Joan Louise b. Fov 3 , 1929 in Clinton, Mass., and 
David Arthur b. Sept (| , 1933 in Alb-au-n^-vj.y- 
Esther d. Aug 31, 1936 at Albany, F.Y. and was buried in 
Grern Cemetery, Carlisle. 

iii - Ida Agnes b. 1885, Sept 17; d. Jan 11, 1888, age 3yrs. 

iv - Fred Parker b. 1889, April 22; m. April 19, 1919 at West 
Bedford, Dorothy Colman Little of '.Vest Bedford. 

6 Fred Parker , tho born and brought up in Carlisle, went to Bil- 
lerica schools, graduating from Howe High School, Billerica, in 
1906 and Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1910. Was Agricultural 
Inspector, Bureau of Agriculture of the Philippine Islands, from 
January 1912 to Februarj' 1915. Returning from the Philippines, 
he lived at the old farm in Carlisle until June 1931. He was 
appointed Farm Superintendent at the Middlesex County House of Cor- 
rection in Billerica April 25, 1930, moved there June 1931. 

Dorothy Colman L 
and lived in Topsfie 
".Vest Medford at the 
She was a graduate o 
in Horton and Medfor 
Colman Lunt. Georg 
descendent of the fi 
in 1640, and Ellen M 
who were early, settl 
was a. Whittier and i 
Henry W. Longfellow 
ITickles has a plate 

ittle was b. Aug 15, 1894 in Maiden, Mass., 
Id, Fewbury ,. ITewburyport and Carlisle and in 
time of her marriage to Fred Parker ITickles. 
f Bridgewater normal School, 1916, and taught 
d. She was dau. of George Little and Mary 
e Little was s. of William Little, a direct 
rst George little who settled in Newbury, Mass., 
aria Carleton, a descendent of the Carletons 
ers in Kaverill. The Mother of Ellen Carleton, 
$ connected with John Greenleaf Whittier and 
and traces to Edward II of England. Mrs. 
belonging to longf ellov/' s dinner set. 

ry Colman Lunt was the dau. of Charles Lunt and Ellen Pikfc 
Colman. Charles Lunt was a descendent of Henry Lunt who settled 
in Hewbury in 1634-35, and Ellen Eikfe Colman of a early settler of 

that name in Byfield, Mass. 
early settlers at Ring's Isl? 

Ellen's mother was a Pike who were 
nd in Salisbury, Mass. 


The children of Fred Parker ITickles and Dorothy Colman Little 

i - Mary Ellen b. 1920, May 28 

ii - Fred Parker Jr. b. 19 22, May 23 

iii - Herbert Carleton b.1924, Oct 16 

iv - Richard little b.l929j Jan 31 

v - George Asa b.1930, Dec 20 

Fred P. Pickles 

Billerica, Mass. 
Feb ,15* 1938 




Saturday, Mar. 5, 1938 

(6858) What records exist con- 
cerning the Scotch families 
which settled along the Merfi- 
mac early in the eighteenth 
century? The following is drawn 
from probate and vital records, 
but there are many gaps. 

James Nickles, in 1748 eldest j 
surviving son of Francis Nickles, i 
Si\. of Dracut, married at Andover 
Jan. 23, 1734-5, Margaret din 
(probably related to the Glinn 
family which settled at Ches- ' 
ter„ N. H., at about this time), 
and had ten children recorded j 
at Billerica whom I have briefly 
identified below. Further infor- 
mation, especially as to the ■ 
Nickles, Glinn, Taylor, and 
Campbell connections is eagerly 

The children were: Elizabeth, 
married 1764 James Campbell; 
Anna, married Thomas Taylor of 
Tewksbury; James, Jr., of Car- 
lisle; Robert, of Tewksbury; 
Jo^£ph J _of_Carlisle; John not 
traced); Margaret, married 1767 
William Davidson; Hannah, mar- 
ried John Campbell who was of 
Shirley in 1776; Dorcas, single 
woman, at Carlisle, 1785; Rebec- 
ca, single woman at Carlisle, 
1787. (Reference, Will of James 
Nickles of Billerica, proved Sept. 
24, 1776, Middlesex Probate No. 

Francis Nickles, Sr., of And- j 
over and Dracut (birthplace, 
parentage, and first wife not 
discovered) made his will April 
26, 1748, proved March 6, 1743- 
49, mentioning wife Sarah, 
eldest surviving son James of 
Billerica, son Francis (probably 
he of Methuen 1741), daughter 
Isabel wife of William Harvey 
of Andover, daughter Mary (ap- 
parently single), granddaughter 
Anne Nickless minor child of de- 
ceased son John. (Middlesex Pro- 
bate No. 15919.) Who was the , 
mother of his children? He con- 
veyed land "free of dowries" in ; 

Nicholas Nickles of Andover I 
from 1678 to his dsath in 1720, ! 
had sons: Francis, born 1690, but 
evidently died unmarried; 
George, died young; and James, 
only surviving son in 1720, mar- 
tied Anna White and had 
several children before disap- 
pearing from the Andover rec- j 

Do any records exist of the 
Francis Nickles, probably son of 
Robert, who was at Falmouth in 
1680? Nicholas could be brother , 
or elder son, while Francis of Dra- 
cut could be a son. That these 
•Nickles families were of Scotch 
origin seems to be indicated by 
their early marriages and asso- 
ciations, but whether they came 
in "1720" immigration, or the 
earlier Falmouth settlers has 
not appeared, Except in rare 
instances, the name does not ap- 
pear as "Nichols," so they are 
probably not of the Salem- 
Middleton Nichols family. 

R. J. F. 

Boston Transcript, March 5, 1938 




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Gilman Nickles of Carlisle Says There Have Been Marvelou? 
Changes Since fie and George Frisbie Hoar Were Schoolboy! 


Icsgiving day is a part of New 
I iice; it is the old- 

and in its social 
I is one of 

known in the,vrlstory 

ol our country. H will be continued as 

Ists, for as no 

<nt want. 

How w»i(! are the feelings 

on tins day from those that take 

i old and young on the 

other strictly American holiday! On 

landing among the roses, we cele- 

srtth noise and confusion, the na- 

ice, while on this, with 

rustling at our feet, we ac- 

knowled udenee upon 

its Father in lie i i n 

jt [s a health thing for the nation to 
turn Its thoughts unitedly to the great 
fact that God governs and gives; and it 
i ud thing, too, for scattered fami- 
lies to gathW back to the old homes and 
the old hearthstones relight the 
altar fires. There is nothing; in the year 
il of good fcr childhood 
iuth and old age as io find them- 
athy of joy around a 
common event. 

timents found ex- 
Giiman Nickles of. the 
,,, wn a representor 

I forward to 
nig fes- 


Mr Nickles was horn in the town of 
le»on Dec 14, 1822 and near the spot 
whi e his father, Ezekiel Nickles, was 
ars of the revolu- 
tion. is fourscore years 

on a farm, this veteran, still vigorous 
anil In ilthy, finds troops of memories 
rolling In upon him as he considers tne 
national festival. « 

Early Days at Squire Hoar's. 

"It was quite t lie custom In my 
youth," says Mr Nickles. "in good old- 
fashioned families like my father's, to 
, U | soi le ui the oldor I o; s out to work 
. and the privilege of 
attendi. sehoote than the dis- 
tricts afforded. So my father got quar- 
ters for me at Squire Hoar's, in Con- 
cord,' and a lucky fellow I was. for I 
v. a one of I he family with the squire's 
and had the sa school privi- 
leges as they while I was there 

- ;- Frisbie always was at 

head of the class, as he has been 

i,. lean his active life. I never had 

i a better game at snowball than with 

''him. vi o: have I pleasanter memories 

' of school life than when we boys were 

pupils at John and Henry Thoreau's 

school. , ,. ... ' 

It Was With eyes sparkling With the 
fire of voulh that Mr Nickles reviewed 
) ,-■ schooldays at Concord; those ex- 
pi riahces being made doubly pleasant 
... thi .n. ; leii Lted pli asure ol ;•>■- 
rusing the autobiopraphy of the senior 
liusel ts, the scho 'i- 
iii.H oi otrt cetera i. 

. path oi life i ave been widely 

different since we parted at the old 

Lsehoolhouse™ says Mr 

was io law and mine to land. BoW im- 
port mt, but hot equally remunerative. V 
No one familiar with the life W/Orlt oi 
Mr Nickles can doubt that he has met 
with success. He approaches his 81st 
birthday In the enjoyment of, the full 
confidence of his townsmen. It is in 
perfect health with faculties unimpaired 
and In the regular line of duty that he 
stands as oldest man of his native town 
and recalls things as they were in his 
earlier years. f 

Wondsrfiil Changes. 

"Why," says Mr Nickles. "the changes 
that I have seen in domestic, 'social 
and political life seem almost like a 
miracle and would he so regarded If 
they had not come on by de 
Why, a Thanksgiving of my youth and 
that of the present are hardly com- 
parable, in fact the methods of the 
farmer and his manner of living are 
widely different. 

"Everything needed for the old-time 
Thanksgiving was produced on our 
farms here in this town. We. never 
thought of buving up supplies, unless 
it might lie a. little sugar or a few 

ii es and in fact we raised a good 
share of our family spices, different 
from those used by the cook of today. 
i,i,i equally palatable and twice as 

"With the advent of the cooking 
stove, the flavor of the food changed, 
but the material was substantially the 
same. The increased abundance and 
variety of our own food products, the 
ease with which wo obtain foreign sup- 
plies, and the importation of cooks hav 

somewhat seriously 'affected the charac- 
ter of our Thanksgiving feast. It some- 
times seems as though congress would 
have to again take the matter. in hand 
and restore, if possible, some of the 
old primitive provisions for the pleasure 
of tiis day. 

"'I am sure, and my children are free 
to admit, that none of the foreign and 
fancy dishes of today can compare with 
what the home table affords, particular- 
ly at Thanksgiving, when we all gather 
about the old family board." 

Poultry, especially the turkey, has al- 
ways been sacred to the Thanksgiving 
feast. Even the Pilgrims at Plymouth, 
when observing their first Thanksgiv- 
ing on these shores, hafl a good store 
of turkeys, for the forests abounded 
in them, and their descendants have 
kept to the custom. "But." says Mr 
Niclcles, "the turkeys for our Thanks- 
giving feasts were all raised in this 
town. We farmers raised annually large 
flocks of them for market. 

"They were not for ordinary diet. 
Fresh meat as feast ing material was not 
of great •uantity or variety; salted 
meats werwthe chief standby. There- 
fore when Thanksgiving arrived there 
was a relish we of today can scarce un- 
derstand, for the bouncing chicken pie 
and giant turkey. We were sure to de- 
vote the best turkey of the flock to/the 
great family feast. 

Favorite Dish Lost. 

"While we are ready to admit that 
progress has contributed to Jhe past 
we must admit that as the country has 
developed we have Inst/q'ne of the grand 
Thanksgiving: dishes of our' early days, 
and especially in this;town. that is the 
wild pigeon pie. This was a favorite 
feeding ground of the gToat flocks of 
wild pigeons, as, -'the capturing of them 
was a favorite/pastime, and profitable 
occupation of ' some of our citizens. 
Why, Cyrus Hale made his fortune 
here snoring/ toe pigeons and sunoly- 
ing FaneuU.'hall market with the "deli- 
cious bird. 

"These birds in the autumn came in 
greAt iloGKS and took lodgings in the 
l'< re.-,ls about here, where devices were 
set up frir capturing them by the hun- 
tr.-fds. 'They wore dressed and made 
oi , pies at home and great 
rpjahtities went to furnish the " city 
tolks with a much prized d?licacy. 
The*>- birds brought in market $1 or Jl.'jo 
per dozen and were always readily 
. told" 

Mr Nickles regrets the change in 
habits of the farmer, especially his giv- 
ing up raising the good yellow corn, and 
believes that it can be raised with profit 
today as it was in earlier years. Other 
farmers are of the same opinion, and 
do harvest good crops. It is their habit 
to get the corn all husked before 
Thanksgiving. One of the real, pleasures 
of that line of. farming Is sitting in the 
autumn sun and piling up the golden 
ears ready for family use. 

The pumpkins that grow with the 

corn are always an important part of 

. the crop, and are indispensable to a 

(genuine Thanksgiving feast either in 

country or city. 

Our poets recognize the Importance 
of the pumpkin, and make frequent 
contributions that prompt the farmer 
to produce the old-tirne crop. Lvdia 
Maria Child closes her Thanksgiving 
song with, "Hurrah for the pumpkin 

pie." and John G. Whittle! repeatedly 
sang of the golden pumpkin. 

Preparations for Feast. 

"But it took the good housewife to 
put the pumpkin into form to be rel- 
ished with the other good things at the 
annual festival." said our venerable 
friend, who remembers well when the 
Thanksgiving preparations not only In- 
cluded the good things for the day's 
pleasure, but were supplies for future 

"If a girl of, 16 years could not make 
and bake 60 pies all herself at the an- 
nual Thanksgiving preparations, she 
was not thought qualified to become a. 
fanner's wife." said our oracle, who 
continued by recalling his boyhood 
•-■ feeding the great brick oven 
with fagots until it crackled with heat, 
when tVii- coals wire removed and it 
was filled with pies and puddings and 
i In turn were removed and. 
stored away, while more were given 
until a winter's stock was 
the thrifty housewife. Freez- 
ing as well as heating was a part of the 
process, and mouths of age added to the 
of some varieties of the Thanks- 

,:. I! I 


This veteran of the town of Carlisle 
has long supplemented his farm duties 
| with that of marketing produce for 
others, together with the crops of his 
own acres. He has been a familiar fig- 
ure on the road : between his native 
town and Boston for 68 years, and many 
I a household would seem to be lacking 
] in some of the Thanksgiving essentials 
if they were not supplied by him. 

Together with all these branches of 
activity. Mr Nickles has continually 
served his town In the most important 
offices of trust, and faithfully per- 
formed his duties. 

Change in Religious Side. 

In view of its annual festival at hand 
Mr Nickles said: "In My youth we all 
.' n to i leer! - on Tnankaglving day— , 
and now you can hardly get a score to 
attend a religious service. We boys did 
call ;t the week with two Sundays, hut 
it was beneficial. There was inspiration 
in the anthem of praise, in which the 
singers were aided by the viols great 
and -mall. We were made to realize 
that we were in line with our ancestors 
who had instituted the gra.nd old festi- 
val, and who had given us 'the national 
hymr. of tne Puritans. 

"Let children hear the mighty deeds 
which God performed of old which in 
our younger vears we saw and Which 
our fathers told." 

Abram English Brown. 






jLOiyjflLL, MASS., WEDNESDAY. MAT 7, 1902. 



■ The golden wedding- of Mr. and Mrs. 
Gilman Nickless of Carlisle was cele- 
brated last evening at the family res- 
idence in that town. 

{ Gilman Nickless and Lucy Ann Wil- 
klns were married in Lowell May 6, 
1852, by the Rev. William Brewster, 
and a day of sunshine and warmth and 
'gladness greeted them on the fiftieth 
'anniversary of their wedding. Of their 
seven children, five are living ar.d were 
present at the festivities of last even- 

ing. They are Mrs. Nellie, wife of Au- 
gustus Proctor of Lowell; Richmond, 
of Carlisle; Warren Clifford, of Bos- 
ton; James Webster, of Somervllle, and 
Harry P., of North Blllerioa. Of the 
remaining children, Clarence Oilman 
died Dec. 29, 1901. and Sabra, wife of 
' Edwin Monroe, died Aug. 21. 1S94. 

Mr. Nickless was born in Carlisle 
Dec. 14. 1822, and was the son of Eze- 
klel and Rebekah W. Nickless. He 
was the last of a family of eight chil- 
dren. For 06 years he has carried on 

a farm and taken general produce to 
Boston, where his was a familiar fig- 
ure in the market districts. He has 
made three trips within a week, and is, 
therefore, still in the prime of life. Mrs. 
Niefcless was the daughter of James 
Warren and Hannah Proctor Wilkins. 
Never robust, she has received the ten- 
der and watchful care of her husband 
and children, and has lived to see her 
golden wedding anniversary which 
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George(5) Nickles, b J.n 12, 1851; d. Teo 26, 1900 a, 49 
son of otifr^fena j.ovmr (Duren) Tickles 

mrrncd, Cerlicle Get 2, 1881 

Anne Ryrn of Concord, b. June 30, 1859; d. Aug 5-. 

tea* of en Irish father t nd . slctch-welafe mother: lorn 

in irelf nd fe* -™J her mother died when she waa six and 

her father c- me to thie country. She followed him, elcne, 
when she web twelve and worked la Hyde Pi rk and Bedford 
^ivea m Concord st time of her marriage. 

They lived first in Bedford where tv.o oldest children 
were torn, then in Carlisle on Rutland Street near Patch- 
meaaow Brock, cottage burned and present buildings occupied 
by Msfini built later, and finally in ,est Billeric; on" 
shue Read at Sngene May bury place. 

10 children :- 

1. Lillian, b. July 1, 1883; d. in Weare, I..:. 

ra- Clinton Colby of c Vt 

ch. llci. 

. Kild: , b. June 30, 1884; m. , Field* 

they live in Oxford, M b . he is druggist. So 

S.Relpfc, b. April B, 1885 in C;rlisl<:; m. 

Ivy Randlett. he is ret; il aiUfe dealer, lives Lowell. 
Children- two, neither living, 

4. Guy, b. ;.:; rch 26, 1888 la Carlielej whereabout* unknown. 

5. Marion, b. May 19, 1889 in Carlielej 

She is private secretary in 

6. George, b. July 1, 1990 in Carlisle; m. in Ch< lmsford, 

, May C; rll of Chelmsford. She d. 
ch. Geoxc asd Elizabeth, livea ";rookline, : .. t. 
whore he is in the "green* (Christmas decorations) 

business; makes Chris tr; coretions for Harvard CM- 

7. Jubel, b. Feb 17, 1892 in Carlisle; unm.- rried; lives in 

Cherry Valley, Mass, near ore. ster. .,til recently 
owned the Stephen Nicklea pi* ce on North Road in Carlisle, 
1- ter owned by Allister McDougal ■ nd now by Aldrich. 

8. Kieenor(celled Nellie), b. Mar 24, 1893 in Carlisle; 

ra » illian Caseidy of So* orth, i.n. 

ch; Eleanor, .illi^m, : • ul end . low 

lives in '.orccster, Maes, 

9. BAwwrd, b. L" y v = ,,.i£97 in Billerieaj m. McPheil 

•next page) 

10. Olive, "b. 21* 1898 in Billerica; m. 

Stevenson; he is -civil engine r and haa 
charge of nev, aubvay in He* "ork City. 

vc infcrr. tion i'urn Ipfct Sickles, s. of 

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Old Carlisle Correspondence 

Polly Nichols (a "black woman) A2 April 27, 1818 

Overseers of Poor of Cambridge to 0. of P. of Carlisle. 

- - - was last night delivered of a living child. - - 

- - - being poor and destitute. We wish you to attend to this 
matter - - - 

Abel Nickles A2 July 6. 1819 

0. of P. of Cambridge to 0. of P. of Carlisle 

- - an "inhabitant of your town is now in our gaol. We 
consider it necessary to give you this information that you may 
order his removal - 

Hannah Nichols or Nicholas A2 March 3, 1820 Cambridge 

We have in our peer house - - a pauper of your town. - - We 
shall charge you with any expense incurred - - - 

William Nickles A3 July 10, 1809 

0. of P. of Vasaboro, Maine to 0. of P. of Carlisle 

- stating that you do na$t consider yourselves holden 

for any expense of William Nickles. At the same time you acknowledge 
the t Joseph Nickles, his father, did gain a, settlement in your 
town, and you do not inform us that he ever gained one elsewhere. 
We coceive that it makes no difference whether the settlement was 
gained before or after William, his son, was age. - - 

Joseph Nickles A25 July 3, l r 09 

0. of P. of Concord to 0. of P. of Carlisle 
Joseph Nickles, an inhabitant of Carlisle, is confined in 
the gaol in Concord for debt and for beibg unable tc Support him- 
self - - - 

Abel Nickles A25 Aug. 15, 1817 

fxom 0. of P. of Concord. Abel in gaol for debt - - 

Josiah Nickles A25 July 27, 1822 

from 0. of P. of Concord. In gaol for debt - - - 



in the possession of Pre - : icicles. 

He 1 1789 As- ;pi ulding b John Sickles, Jr to John Amqer. 

Know 11 men tese pr that we Afi 3pi ulding of bil* 

1 ric Centl-rrvn rnd John 'ieklefs Junur of Carlisle 1b tin County 
of Middlesex and Commonwealth of ] &&i ehusetts in Confidr. tion of 
ium of oix zounds Li ful iiency the receipt .' i reof - • here* 
eknowledge Do hi Jive rut Jell and Convey unto John 

Angicr of the Diftriels ei' Carlisle in the County and Common ealth 
feresd yeonr n and to his heirs and afsigns forever a cert; in 
ct or : rsal of woodland lying in C; rlislebeing pert of -the 
v t<- ox th idr ..ills and John miller formerly hut no\. oned 
bu u^ If p uldin L of Billericj an John ieklefs of rlisle 
bounded • ffolowi ((inning ;t the Coiner of John Nicklefs Crch- 

ri sout-. ride ci' tl County Road theuc< n iin{ south by the side 
i t t;o - inut tre b t Corner theae< Running weft on 
trate line iid< of hiti o- kc tre< to corner by the 

j. id.- of c rt p- th thenc n a ing ! orth by the side of 3d C rt 

th to lounty i st; k< nd Btones thence running ... st 

by th< ,ide of the County Road to the bounds firs 1 mentioned 
to h ve and to hold thi srnw unto the id John togier and to his 
heirs and af signs to his and their ufc: ; nd behoof forever and w< 
do eoven ot with the s: id John Angler and wit hii assigns th t 
fully Seized in fee of the premifes and that they are 
fret from 11 incumbrances, and that e h • v good right to sell 
convey t] ■ s me unto the c i John *ngi« i to hoi I s for i 
I th 1 ' wil] . .- o1 an defend th< fame unto th< si John 
bj ; ad to hi hei: fsi ns . inst i ) ful CI ime and 

nds of all perfons in witnei hav< her ato sett o 

cur hands an seal the twenty eighth dey of ' ovember ; nd in tl 
ye; r of our lord one thousand seven I i i and eighty nine signed 
se led rni delivered in 
pri f< nee of ub 

Jofeph Niekles A^a, Sp ulding 

im< r John Niekles 

Hi llesez fs December 23th 1789 

the i iB n-nr Jpaulding and John 3 i« rsonallj .- 

ckno- ledged 1 " ithin Instrument th. ii act j nd d< I 

-•fore me rd ■' ewer . f1 ce 

It is h< 4, " Niekl e i to ngi« r ' 


skz^vj aw sassa 


Ho 2 1793 John Ain^e** to John rickles 

:'no- 1 men bt thefe prefenee that I John Angier of Carlisle 
in the County of Hi dlesex and tb ... on eclth of & fsschusel 

1 in Cons id* r: tioa of tin suia of Twenty five 
, . ads 3 ful money p; id at by John 3 ir :les of C- rlisle in 
County of ::i - and Conraonwealtb bforegaid yeoman the receipt 

whereof I hereby acknowledg* do hereby giv; graal sell tnd convey 
unto th sd John Sickles and to his heirs an f:f signs forever 

eerti in tract or persal of Lying in c rlislt being ... r1 cf 
the estate of the widdo 1 Hills nd John miller formally but n< 
owned by '.£- \ uldin L of illeric- and John sickles bounded ;s 
follovreth beginning -t th« corner of John Nickles orchsrd South 

Side of County Road thence running !ou*h side of the wall 

to t o walnut trees - t • Corner thence running eft on \ Str« te 
line South Side of r] it k tree to ■ corner oy the side of 

c rd p.- th thence runnin, ' ortl by the tide of sd c; rt : . th to the 
Count- o t Bt i. n stones thence Euxming east by th< side 

of the County Road to the bound firft meashon* i to have and to 
hold the S' me unt i John Nickles ■< nd to his heirs 

cf signs to his ■ vd their ufe and behoof forever rnd 1 do coven- 
ant with the s- i Jol icicles an it his : < :i^; nd i , tha 

fully leized in fe« of the tremifes rnd that they .-re 
fre< from -11 incumbrances and thi t 1 h- v< good righ to lell and 

nvey tl • s < unto th s id John " icklei ti h Id '- aforesaid 
t no th- t I i il it -n dfmt the s >••»■ unto the said John 

Sickles pnd to his heirs rmd afsigns cgr-.inst th ] ful Claims an 

. nd. of -11 perfons in witness thereof I It v her< unto Sett 
h* nd and ses 1 this Eii U entfc day of F n ■ ; id in the yei i of 
our lord one thouc; nd sen en hundred and ninety 1 i 

lr and d< 1 iv< I 
in i-refens John Alnger 

Jn ten iddlesex fs -c sruary 18th 11 

i . P its the ; beve m med John Ainger ] < rfonj lly 

ppej red an •• cknoi 1< ige b< v in- 

i nl to bi his . ct • n d< < d efor< 

; d\. rd ] rmer , uf t ice ei cc 



y 3 17 ls »] ul i v i to John " uren 

printed form. Printe< ~ Ls sho - n in ( 

LL I Y THFFB __ FENCE . TR afi SpJ ulding of Billerics 

in the County of ,i; lesex , Co 11 of fsj cliufct^s Gent m 

IN CO ' : c " on* hundre and forty pounds : '■■, Y* PALE 

me by John Dares of Carlisle in s; id County of :.i dlesi n. 

Tii R : : 3 H C] ' c ] 3> ' .. "•■ ' git . i ..; , 

F .. E CONVEY ONTO ' S ID John Daren and to his heirs ; nd af- 
aigns forever i certain tenement or tret of Land situ; tt in s id 

illeiic: on the es1 r-ide of Concor.; " iver cent; ining thirty ores 
hounded ss follows (vis) southwesterly on tfc ng< y (so c: lit 

fifty nine poles southrsfterly on ray own land eighty one poles 
• seven links Nerth< ftrrly on aay own land fifty Nin< poles North - 

terly on my o- n lend eighty on< poJ • seven lihk3 all the 
corner; i re steneB with i Dwelling House and Shop there on si: nd- 

HAV I : ID John Daren t nd 

- to his : ■ ] his their f] 

V ' : . ' ] D : "' N1 I' John Duren anc with his 

T I am LAWFUL: Y 3 OF ' 

' " " . . D ' r I'. ] ' V 

' ' i . ' ' ' If 3 ' TK" ! 3 J elm Duren 

1 ' i: . ' D ' S ' v ! I ' Jo. 

Duren an to his . _ ':""":,, HTFT IE IA F : 

D] K£3 A. ■ " . ■. : i " ' FRFONS, 

I» Afa Sp£ul ing tog« ther wit mj Anna 

ray wife who relinquishes her Right of Do r have . ' F2 r i our 

Ls I IS Nineteenth February IE th« 

L ' .. inety thr< i 

SIG] _■ • . ' KD 

. - ' C" c ■ 

Afi Sp. ulumg 
Is; ! c 5t< i ins 

r: h : emp .rav ldii 





Ko 4 Feb 17, 1803 John Sickles to Abel llickles 

Written* lot recorde . 

Know all men "by these prefencc that I John llickles of Carlisle in 
the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Raf sachusetts yeo- 
m; n in Consideration of One hundred ml Rinc Dollars pj id byi-Abel 

Sickles of Crrlisle in Si id County of lesex yeoman 

the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledges do hereby give grant 
sell pnd convey untc the said Ahel Sickles find to his heirs and as- 
signs forever about two acres and r half of woodland lying in said 
Carlisle bounded as folic beginning at the Sorthwseterly 
Corner at a strke and stones thence Easterly Sine Rods to s Stake 
and stones thence Southerly forty six Rods to a stake and stones 
at land of the heirs of John Hill d-cersed, thence Westerly Sine 
Rods to e stake and -tones thence northerly forty six Rods to the 
Bound first mention?., it being part of the land Deeded by Jonathan 
Hill of "Rillerica to s; id John Ricll 
To have rnc tc hold th« above granted preaifea to the said Abel 

ckles and to his heirs and afsigas to his and their use and behoof 
forever and I do covenant with the 8: i Ibel Sickles and his heirs 

afsignsthat ] fully Seised in fee of t3 i bov« granted 
premifes that they ere i're: of all incumbrance that I have good right 

tc sell end convey th< same to the said Abel and his cf^igns -- 

And thai I "11 warrant and defend the seme premifes to the Abel 
kli n hia heirs an f igns forever against the lawful 

claim ad demands of all perfons -- «— 

In witnefa thereof I h- ve hereunto set ray hand and seel this 
Seventeenth Day of February in the ye. r of our Lord one thous- 
and eight hundred and three 

igneci Sealed as delivered 
in prefehce of us 

(Signed) (Sign-. 

Timothy Adams John Rickles 

Stephen Sickles 


April 1, 1804 
Ho D April 26 j 1604 Benjamin foster and Thomas He; Id 
to Stephen Tickler aa I ' bel Nickles. 

low and upland — 8$ acres -- 1 .5.00 

Printed Porm — printed words in CAPITA! . 


TEAT we Penj-roin Foster an d Thorn s }>..: Id both of Carlisle in the 
County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Ifafsashusetts yeomen--- — 
II CONST DF one hundred and twenty five Itollars TAIL BY 

Stephen Pickles and Ah el Pickles "both of Carlisle in the County 
and Commonwealth aforesaid yeonc-i ' w« BY 

• - ledge, - ir arm., • ■ paid 

>tepheo tickles and Abel iJicklce their heirs and ; f signs forever 
a eertaifl piece of lend lying ir the easterly part of Carlisle afore 
Si id it being \ae- dew and upland cent- ining about eight and an half 
be the Bane more or lefs Bounded as follows vis beginning at 

rly corner of the premifes at ■ stake and stones on 
the .eetrrly side of i meadow thence running easterly to the 
Villi ulding Irnd and bounding on said paulding land to a 
stone which is ; corner thence running northerly by Irnd of sr id S 

ulding about thirty fire rods to ; stckt and stones thence 
westerly about twenty six rods to said Spaulding land to t Stake 
and stones from thence bounding by the westerly side of said 
meadow with sever 1 - ngles to the bound first mention* there 
be in.- siafce and stones eh of th< said angles reserving 
all the wood and timber standing or lying on said Irnd with the 

rivelege of cutting and corryi: tin same at any time within 
on; yef r from the date hereof- 

klE TC etc 

, we THE FAI1 lin Poster and Thomas Heald 

our HAITI nty first Day of 

April . j A1TD 



(signed) (signed) 

ASS Parlin Benj;rnin Poster 

John Jacobs Thomas Heald 

idlecex YP. April the 26th, 1804 . THEB TIP AB071 S 
Benjamin Poster i nd ' horoae Heald i | e- red , T ' 10VE 

their T ASP P" ? D J#-BEPOK 


Asr Parlin Juft. of Pease 


6 y 7, A*B* 1808 

Abrrra Burnhrim. 

Agreement, Stephen Hickles to 

ritten - 


Snow all men by these presents thai I 'itrphen ri chiefs of Car- 
lisle in the County of Middlesex y ^sa holder) and stead 
firmly bound and obliged unto Abram Itarnh; \u of said Carlisle, yeo- 
man, in the full sad j at sum oT lTiv'e hundred dollars, to be p?. id 
to the said Suraham his executors of administrators , to the which 
payment I bind raysepf my heirs executors, administrators, firmly 
by these presents scaled with ray serl — Dated the sev enth day of 

MSZ A&2 • 1608> 

The Conditions of this obligation is such that if the s:: id 
B unih,' 1 .:! , his heirs, executors, administrators, shall v/ell and truly 
pry the contents of a note of hand signed jointly and severally 

by the sri.L Burnhaa and the said Stephen to one Levi Kemp for the 
sum of three hu ndred ana e ighty dollrrs , dated the 25th day of 

rch lasl pest, and shall faithfully Sc.-ve thi sai Stephen harm- 
less and indemnified from all trouble, expense and damage which miy 

n or ensue, on account of B tote; and the said Stephen 
1 ickletfs, his heirs rna af signs shall thereupon, as seen aa maybe 
convenient after request, mike and execute to th< said Burnham* hia 
heirs and fsigns a sufficient release and quitclaim of all right 
and title to the realeaatate described ir a mortgagee Deed from John 
cklei's to Levi Temp dated the first day of June last which 
ate is situate in sai ..isle; then this oblige t ion shall be 
void, oti f n ise to rem; in id full form. 

Done in presence of 
Vitnefe L. Thorndike 

(sign i 

n 'icicles 


Ko. 7 Jan 6, lfili; (rov 19, IF 10) Tew Deed to Stephen tnd 

Abel rickies. 

ALL 21 .1. rgBBHTS , THAT 

RLIS, ] M ' ', / ' . AMI "'.-~V _ KEALD, AU 



COSTRAca s ' " :: D 

3 aim T.' 

" IKG DI3) " : r "■ ninet eenth 
of l-'p'v erabe r A.D . IF 10 sell to Stephen I.ickle.s yeoman & Abel 
Is'ickles Gentleman 7ew i:o 6 in the grlrry in said house for 
the sum of twenty four dollr rs and scvrn4y five cents 

i '.HIT, SAT] 


I | 
8AI! • ! •' AS C ' ' . ■' FOBE- 

hen l Abel 

ace : " '■" , " 

TO ' II i h. Abel tin i ] 

FO: then - 

them . 3 i Stephen . Abel their. : ! : 

, AC ' ST 

. • ■ . 

ElffiUN' CJR 

C ilD, TEIJ sixth d:y 

of January HD 


In ener of (oign< 

John Jacob lin 

'r drick Blood thi n Green J 

Thoi i Keald 


:~o B Hay 4, 1819 Joseph Parker to As; Duren 

nan tec Deed - 27 acres in Carlisle and Mllerica - $200 

KHow t . BY Tl.' P3JTS, THAT I Joseph Parker of Billerice 
in the County of iesex , Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts, 
Gentlemen, IK COBSIBEBATION Of Two Hundred Dollars to me 
?A1~j BY Afla Duren of 3c id Billerica, Count;' f.nd Commonwealth, yeoman — — 

ID Asa Duren his heirs and af signs 
forever , the following describe d tract or pr reel of land lying 

rtly in the Town of Carlisle and Billerica in the County afore- 
s, id hounded r:s folio ,s, viz; — Easterly by the Rangeway 
sc ct lied, Southerly by a Town highway, westerly by Land 
of Zebul. n Op ulaing and Northerly by land of Thomas Spaul- 
ding containing twenty seven acres, be the sane more or lefs, 
and beini. 1, nd formerly owned by Ccpt as ulding and was set off 
on Execution eg: insl ] lding in frvor of one John 

rker of Drt:cut, en the tenth day of February •■'...:.-. 1816 and 
recorded in the Registry oi Deeds fox Bald County April 25, 1818, 

TO I. etc 

?, I T i rker, together 

sit Lydij P rker, wife of said Joseph rker, in token of the 
relinquishment of her right of P)ower in the above described irenises 

o I NDS AN! : s I" IS first DAY 



- ,, 
IN TR < , 

(sign (signed) 

Blaney Abbot Joseph Parker 

Lddleseac a . -,- 4t 181? Lydii Parker 

... h Parker 

I : .. 


" - E ME, 

(signed) Just, of 
Bis ney Abbot ce 

To 9 Dec 7, 182S Job Hill to Stephen tickles ,75.0c 
Quitclr.dra derd - twenty acres 4n northerly p;- ri of Carlisle - 

KFC H BY THBS& i r , 

THAT I Job Kill of 3illeric;; in the County of Middlesex and of tfafsaehusetts* yeoman 

, t o hundred end seventy five dollars 

.. . LID BY Stephen tickles of Carlisle in the County afore« 

_d, yeomen 

etc ------- 

a cert; in tract or parcel of land lying in the Northerly part 
of Carlisle aforesaid, containing twenty acres t sore or less, 
bound northerly and Westerly by lf.nd of iEoses Sickles, 
Southerly by land formerl; owned by Alphonse Hill, now deceased* 
ly by l?nd of Simeon Stej rns r<nd John Stearns* 

TC etc 

IS ED Job Hill with Susannah, ray wife 

to relinquish her right ex Dower in the aforesaid preaiifes — ■ 

" r our L« '■" seventh DAY 

ceaS r 13 ' . OUSAWD : >R " AND 
twenty five. 

: . 
(signed) (signed) 

b fees to 1 
Jor ;nroe Jr . lature of Job Hill 
] lijah Stet ms ill 

Sue . Hill 

Jon.- than Hill Stnefsea to the 
Susan L. Hill . ture of 

Susannah Hill 

• .-. . December 71 5. T3 


' : his 
ST All!) 
(si. i 

Just* cf 
lijrh Stearns Pei ce. 


No 10 itle on Back - Plan of Hardy Place. 

No names, dates, given except title. i rently traced on odd 
piece of p; per in inked dotted lines. I o roads or other landmarks 
given . 

Plan is very irregular in . and ia divided into four lots. 
They contain 10 acres 113 rods, 6 - 134, 2 - 34, and 15 - 150, 
totalling 35 acres and 111 rods. North and south are indicated. 

The place c; lied t 1 rdy Plac ay father, Parker lickles, 
is f cross the road and beyond the Charles Oilman or Shirtleff 
pi; ce on North Road in Carlisle, The cellar hole is at the foot 
of the hill beyond Gilman's and the last time 1 sav; it, now sever- 
al ye go, very nearly filled in. The hardy land has been, in 
recen rs, a part of the Stephen Pickles place, Ir- ter of Jubal 
" ickles and of Allisti c \. 11. believt it is new owned 
fr< . oui and house 1 

11 rked on back, "Plan of north east side of re 

Bases, d; tc.s or rk . 

Pisa ia divided into nine in lots containing 2 acres 

rods, 2- -135,3- - - 1, -77,9-136, 9-144, and 15-84 

totaling 56 acres and 6 re: Common land 79 reds is indic- 
ated ji st outside the northwest corner of the lot. 

Paper is old and stained and pi! * 8 in inked dotted linos like 
10. orth and south i I indie; ted. 

On hack is inventory of >raan:- 

1 p: ir of shues 1-75 

1 handkerchief 37 

1 qui rter of a yd of muzlin 14 

1 yd of ribbin 6 

1 half 1 I o- pins 6 

1 pair of shi. 1 - 50 


ffo 12 Dec 31 , 1842 Caleb S. Brown tc Asa Kickles 

rrsatee Deed - the 'Buffalo Lot", 48 acres - t550.0u 

Brown of Billerica, yeoman tc Afis Hiekles of Billeric- , 

a certain piece cf land situate in the easterly part of Carlisle 

commonly called the Buffalo Lot, containing forty eight acres, 

mere or Ices, Boundc as follov.o beginning at the northeast 

corner of stid piece at the Range way, sc called, hy land of Thomas 
Lp,- ul ding then running easterly "by said Spaulding land to land 
of "OS es Bickles thencf running southerly hy said Tickles land 
to the road leading hy the house of Stephen irickles thence on 
siid road westerly tu the Rangeway tbenee northerly on dr. id 
Ri ngeway to the "bound first aentione . Reserving the right of a 
tridlf v..- y acroe i I piece to the publick hy their shutting 
■ es and bars. 

Josnm Brown relinquishes her right of dower, Dec SI, 1842 

Ltn esses 

(signr (sign 

Imirs Pollard 

Louisa Poster C- le'b S. Brown 

Andrew Handley 

Betsy Brovn Jo? nna Brown 

rn to hy Dudley Foster, Justice of Pease 

corded Jan IF, 1843, eeds, Lib. 421 Fol b"75, Lilian 1. 
atone, Reg. 


ITo 13 Jan 29, IS 4 5 ABi- Ifi cklec to Sew ell Stearns 

rtgage Deed to 3uff ; lo on .,500 note. 

Seme description i s To 1.. but this added s- 

, reserving however one acre of said lot on Bcici road(Horth- 

d) botinded twenty rods on said road and eight rods deep, and to 

be t;ken so as to include the P~H- r of an Old si?nd (?}, 

( This v.ould be the site Otis Kickles built on, later lived on for 
m ny by his son. Stephea) 

a 29, 1845; signed by As- ': ickles and witnesses by Reuben 
con and Abner . Lane; sworn to by Ruebe.n Baees, J. of ;'. 

pt It, 1650, assigned by obed rnS ,X ad»« of estate of Sewell 
ns, to Lucreci Stearns, widow, for ; witness, r. ., . 
iberlain; sworn to by ?." .Chamberlain, J,P, 

Jan 7, 1845 deed recorded lib. 456 Pol "'■ 4. 

ig 21, lf'74. Zxic 11 men by these presents; that I James W, 
Hill ' xt cutor of th( 1 ill md tee at of Lucreti: L. Covers, 
formerly Lucre ti: as, 1: to of Billerica, deceased, in consider- 
ation of the full pryraent of ihe hi; nee duo on the note Sf cured by 

lthin raort. fc] ithin nortg , Asa Kickles of Carlisle 
in the County of . "i L x, the payment whereof is hereby i.cknowledg< 

irged* oi£n 
by Edwin A. Alger, ;. 


..j\; per Clippings 
of Mrs. Sli rtlu J 1 . Silkins 

Fr« . . ickles Line 

1895: :: y < 

. : . ieklea f mily ( who h ve lived In Lowell the 
i st y* r or more, h vr returned tc their hom< in C- rlisle. 

rs. clivt Kiekless. who, with her d ughter Nellie, spent 
thi vinter 11 . rs. George Litchfield, Jrs. hickless's youngest 
d ughter, in Lexington i i , in domiciled in her own hcrae. 

1896: July 1' 

"A. .. ■ rker ; icklest h . n cently mi de i dditions, rep: Irs, • nd 
ts on hli oracste- a. ; □ E of 1 t '■ ' ek, friends 

g- ve the frnily i hem iti r luLL gifts; ;n oeken dining 

t- ble rnd Bi eborrd, chin Baled dish n pitcher, t enty-five 
doll r; in money; rlso • rug, th« work n gift of Mrs. ..... aril- 

son. .'r . Sicklesi expresses grrtitude ■■ n thrnks to all so 

Bdly reaembere her. Ic' cream, t k< , rn li oonrd< en Berved 
to th< company* Lo ell, Billerie , " lmsford, Lexingtons rnd 
Carlisle er< represented. 

1898: ~.}ec. 

" :'ho can find vlrtuoui n\ For her price i hig b- 
bove rubies. t of her liusb' nd do ly trust in her; 

i'i do him gotd, no* evil, f11 th< her life* On 
,/und. y, Dec#ll, «Trs. CI r. Kickles, ife of Litchfield, 

y t her Loin in Lexington, g 50 ye- rs, 11 months, 
her e- J tc cer« r 1 hi rao: r ge. : mother, 

i r, *Il! ickles, u cr, 

tfr. ._. les, . .till resi e r t th ere she 


Yivs torn, she lc- ves 1 rge circl< ef friends an relatives 

to mourn her loss. This tribute frou , friend who h d known her 

long : n ell, tells thi atory of i:« r life - n el r eter, Jhe 

a in every way ? no It on n, who g ined the respect end < sir era 
of ; 11 •it irheffl she bee at ecu in ted. 

ee sc; v. . bora is th< east | rt of 1 i town, was 1 
daughter of hs Nickles, dee« s< ; ars. olive icicles, licr 

eduei tion v tti iaed in '■ schools of G rlils< n the Howe 

School, Bllleriea. Later t.;, ec me a successful u eher in Bed- 
ford, Ceatferd, Billeric; , ?n C rlisle. Twenty-seven years 
CO, on t»l vt, 1871, sh< united in Brrriage to r. 

Litchfield oi rlington, ;. v. Clifton Fletcher of \il- 

leric- . live* in Arlington two yc- rs, Hovin then to lex- 

1 ©n i " occured. In c rly life [ the 

arch, n erot( ttendsnt • a worker in the tovn 

i sh< si rd. late yea j tt< ai ed 1 1 ■ Cos* J i ' i< o< 1 

church. i fun rrl heli followin y, ev. Charles 

v c ficiating, ho, as ■ friend n neighbor, spok< highly 
0I ' L - eter exeavpl ry life.. ,\- ny relatives 

• : Qded, -n of 1 everal cousins who 1 -; J e 

y< ; rB Ko, -li si ii on< exception. In- 

nt in Greei e« ry, Carlisle. ollowinj flor 1 

i tea f.ou it ny fri their respec ■ tted 

friend: - - - - (enuaerates flor 1 pieces fi the following: - 
aether, r, brother, ii i ci \\xav ickli r. 

Irs. . ortc eed, i . uldinf . r, r. and rs. 

Tuciccr, (. r . c onald, Ztb. ■. . 11 rd, .■- rren . t- 

lder, Gi; ce B. lcott, Hi sees Verier mi Griff ix, Kr. . it 
L.D. "oynton, Lowell, G. Leighton, Mr. Dudley Hartford, ■ n 
[r. n- Mrs. Hiram Hutchinson, Bedford. 





In: . 1c arni ■ . rioi y ri1 ^isond' & 

. ,:■-}■■ 19 

c ildingj ' - house 

of 1 nd 1; B«3 ■ I 

top a ill 1 ~/m l- ce m-r Chelmsford line throug to i nge* 

3 ;, j is thi aoi - oceupa Lane, 

ilt ■ y>. - ' ■ x 1 

I iiit ccn | . ... ti t fro Len< placi for Uncle 

■ aiding, e • , . live. Now 

i ia t( lj eho L, Itl ] new 

.. 1 t thirty 3 go) . CI ri rt- 

le l ii | : g) ilson, lived tl ■ r< u 3 n< s1 

Ltf • i ton's. I i ford, of i nk 

ford, ter To c b # , J.ivr d e. 

■ : . Sra2 I ) '.. i) , evi isiy oy 

n . | Dr. Ich, preri< 

jol iv- n, his. unel« . Tfca loi orlgi 

• n built it. 
c, . ." . ilsen , f ther of Wilson vbc u rried Sybil 

i- oceuj ! il» but fmsneii j. 

x ■ ; . ■ j i ii . ... cc ive 

r - tbt ered be hi iter* J. ickl s ,1 c« no . c. 1- 
list< v, whic for tl en < ec d w . p1 . I a s 

As? , i ls< livi ere i n<3 i enl tc t i 

Concor ■ fight in 1 . eport h??s it i left frt thi fields 

without even returning to the house. 

.-•--.- reugh*-*»»ek-4fe«-?!^*4eh-fa?iBeHe3?-f*«M- -i r k4T« 

/ Dr. .1 ami Brys it s he I e prisoner J 

[fi t. 

i , . i occu x- ' G. i 

p - r t of th< ' at, en« 3 in JilLeric . Site i 

original Spruldiag in i ri*e. Present hous* not 
ir, i. iffion ! rri« ] Ipaulding, dru. of 
. con ' .. i.. il i n ' nd . (Ellie) 
iimonds. i rried. Hie* if* i - no chil- 
dren, bouse- ny years, / ^ Ar0L/t ^ ^ ^^^ 


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b. <U<rtl lr. ^Uuuu^SUO- 1/6,0 

T. idLtxjJL Jr. In**.. l7-l/6>H-_ 

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